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Old 05-11-2013, 08:47 PM   #541
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Well....the brewday went fine, it fermented out like a champ, and now I'm waiting for it to bottle-condition. I'll try to remember to post back......
Cool, please do. I would like to try optic malt on something, but it would have to be noticeably different than MO to be worth ordering, because I can get sacks of MO for $50. I also want to try Pearl, but same story. Don't want to pay over $2 a pound for base malt after shipping unless it makes my beer noticeably different.

 
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:36 AM   #542
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Picked up ingredients at my LHBS today to brew this tomorrow. I wanted to use Marris Otter for the base grains, but they were out of it (among other things), so I subbed with Golden Promise, which I understand is supposed to be pretty similar to MO. Has anyone tried this recipe with Golden Promise?
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:01 AM   #543
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Picked up ingredients at my LHBS today to brew this tomorrow. I wanted to use Marris Otter for the base grains, but they were out of it (among other things), so I subbed with Golden Promise, which I understand is supposed to be pretty similar to MO. Has anyone tried this recipe with Golden Promise?
Yes, I used Golden Promise. It was awesome
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Old 05-12-2013, 10:22 PM   #544
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Yes, I used Golden Promise. It was awesome
Good to know, thanks.

Almost done with the boil. So it begins...



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Old 05-13-2013, 01:29 PM   #545
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Let us know how it turns out!
Just to give an update. So brew day went well, I used Gambrinus ESB malt, which is supposedly similar to MO. Anyway, the OG was 1.053 and FG is 1.012. I took a hydro sample the other day and it has a very distinct raisiny flavor (assuming from the C-120, as I used too much). Overall I think it's gonna be pretty good. It's more malty that the first one I brewed with S-04, I attribute that to both the extra C-120 and the fact that I used Wyeast 1099, Whitbread Ale. Time will tell further but so far so good.

I will say that the 1099 CHOMPED through this one quick. The beer was at FG and clear by day 4! I'm going to keg this weekend and age it for another 4 weeks or so. I'll give another update if I remember!
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:51 PM   #546
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I'll be brewing this for a second time tomorrow. It's one of the better beers I've made to date, and works extra well served via a nitro pour!

 
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:52 PM   #547
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Since this is my first batch, I sampled a bottle at two weeks conditioning at 70F. Definitely conditioning, definitely needs more time. I'm guessing (in our 60F basement) about 3 more weeks ought to be about right.
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I just kegged mine last night. My numbers were a bit off (OG 1.060/FG 1.021), but I still achieved reasonable attenuation and the samples I tried last night tasted pretty darn good for uncarbonated, young, room temperature beer. I can't wait to taste it in a couple weeks after it has carbed up.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:51 PM   #549
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Well, I am now up to 5 weeks in the bottle, and this beer is really getting great. For this one, I bought a 6 of Fuller's ESB, so that I'd have my baseline to compare it to. Result = oh, yeah!

Note: I think part of the secret to getting the real ESB taste out of this is to be sure and use Maris Otter, Golden Promise, or Optic malt- something pretty authentically British. I used the latter, and got great results.
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Turned out great! This is probably my favorite English bitter I've tried so far. Wonderful malty taste and mouthfeel, but not overly sweet at all, and just enough hop character to balance out the beer. Smells fantastic.

I'm going to go ahead and serve some of this at a party this weekend, though i expect the rest will only get better with age.

I will definitely be making this one again.

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